Troubles with bisexuality in health and social care

Jones, Rebecca L. (2010). Troubles with bisexuality in health and social care. In: Jones, Rebecca L. and Ward, Richard eds. LGBT Issues: Looking beyond Categories. Policy and Practice in Health and Social Care (10). Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press, pp. 42–55.

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Abstract

Bisexual people use and work in health and social care services but are often even less visible than lesbian and gay people(1). In this chapter, I examine some of the reasons for this lack of visibility and argue that it is partly to do with the ways in which bisexuality is a particularly complicated and fluid sexual orientation category. I also illustrate some of the ways in which bisexuality matters and can be relevant in health and social care settings.

The category 'bisexual' frequently appears in the term 'LGBT'. This chapter begins by considering some of the effects of this inclusion in the wider category. I then move on to examine some of the different ways in which bisexuality has been theorised, before introducing some of the ways in which common features of bisexual identities trouble both health and social care practices and notions of the nature of sexual identities. These issues are examined through five case studies involving people who either identify as bisexual or who might be categorised by other people as bisexual.

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